Forget About ‘Type’ and 4 Other Useful Tips

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Miss this great advice from our Backstage Experts? These five tips are sure to get you moving on the road to success.

FORGET ABOUT ‘TYPE.’
“The next time you’re concerned about your type be sure it’s not the typical obsession of, ‘Am I the right type for the part?’ but rather, ‘Am I the type of actor who belongs in the job?’ The first is out of your control, the second should be your life’s work.” —CRAIG WALLACE

COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR AGENT.
“Make sure you’re on the same page when it comes to things such as type, range, goals, brand, schedule, etc. You don’t want an eager agent to consistently submit you for the wrong roles, wrong media, and wrong dates. Who’s to blame? There’s a gap in your communication somewhere.” —GWYN GILLISS

SEEK HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT.
“When you become despondent, hopeless, feeling like you want to quit the business and run away from your life, and these feelings last more than a week, seek therapy. Being in therapy is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of great strength.” —CATHY REINKING

PREPARE CHILDREN FOR THE BUSINESS.
“The rule of thumb for a parent is to be clear and aware, and direct the child not just by what they ask for but by what they are ready for.” —JOANNE BARON

DON’T WORRY ABOUT RIGHT VS. WRONG.
“To succeed in becoming a remembered actor, you must find new territory, unexpected moments, and unanticipated emotional paths. Be fearless, be impractical. You will be surprised at how many times the ‘wrong’ answer in an audition will get you remembered.” —GREG APPS

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Craig Wallace
Craig Wallace is the creator and award-winning teacher of the Wallace Audition Technique, an audition preparation system that he developed based on his years of experience as a studio executive, talent agent, and casting consultant.
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Joanne Baron
Joanne Baron is an actor, producer, and the artistic director of the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio in Santa Monica, Calif.
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Greg Apps
Greg Apps is one of Australia’s most respected casting directors. In a career spanning 30 years, he has cast over 65 feature films.
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Cathy Reinking
Cathy Reinking has been a working casting director for 20 years and has accumulated hundreds of credits. She is the author of “How To Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film: 2nd Edition,” and the co-creator, writer, producer, and casting director of “The British Invasion.”
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Gwyn Gilliss
Having been selected by over 100 east and west coast agents, managers, and casting directors as the “foremost marketing coach for actors,” Gwyn has also had a successful acting career in all medias. She studied at Carnegie Mellon, and was an Emmy Award-nominated Daytime/Primetime TV actress with over a dozen contract and recurring roles. Favorites include: “All My Children” (ABC),“The Lucy Arnaz Show” (CBS), and “Woman of Valor” (NBC, Emmy Award).
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